There were definitely some Pink Floyd elements in the Black Mountain mix before, but the Vancouver fuds really let the Floyd flag fly on In The Future, from the Hipgnosis-inspired sleeve art to the spacey noodling through epic jams about nothing in particular.
Obviously, they’ve been drinking in all the press hype since the release of their self-titled debut and decided they needed to make a grand statement that would play equally well in sports arenas and open fields of mud to a hairy horde waiting for the Flaming Lips to get onstage. They put their cloudy heads together and came up with the power-chord-slashing and hobbitty keyboard werping goods but wisely didn’t lose all the dirty distortion and strummy acoustic bits. Mission accomplished. The limited two-CD version comes with three extra songs for the same price as the single disc.